Hawaii Horse Expo on the Big Island

Tammy Pate on horseback at 2010 Hawaii Horse Expo
Tammy Pate on horseback at 2010 Hawaii Horse Expo
Hawaii Horse Expo Hawaii Island Humane Society’s Hawaii Horse Expo 2011 is coming up August 5-7. Proceeds from the annual event benefit the Humane Society’s Horse Rescue Fund, which helps abused and abandoned horses on the island.

What Makes Hawaii Horse Expo Special?
Hawaii Horse Expo was organized by a group of enterprising women as a benefit to raise money for horse rescue.  Every dollar raised from ticket sales goes to The Horse Rescue Fund administered by The Hawaii Island Humane Society.
Dr. Robert Miller, the noted equine behaviorist, has been the mentor and inspiration for this event which was first held in 2008.  Dr. Miller has attended each year presenting workshops on equine behavior, imprinting, and natural horsemanship.
“Because we are a not for profit event, we can be very selective about the clinicians and material we present, said Hawaii Horse Expo Producer Nancy Jones. ” We are dedicated to promoting the principals of natural horsemanship endorsed by Dr. Miller.  Our goal is to educate horse people about the training results and bonding achieved when the relationship with the horse is built upon mutual respect and trust, rather than coercion and forced submission.”
Hawaii Horse Expo is  the only expo we know about that is held on an Island.  The environment of Hawaii Horse Expo reflects the beauty of the Big Island and the Aloha spirit of our Paniolo tradition.
California's Dr. Robert Miller will be on hand for the 2011 Hawaii Horse Expo
California’s Dr. Robert Miller will be on hand for the 2011 Hawaii Horse Expo

Equine Medicine Symposium at Hawaii Horse Expo

Hawaii Horse Expo begins Friday, August 5, 2011 with an Equine Medicine Symposium from 9am until 5pm at the Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel. Top equine veterinarians Dr. Robert Miller from California, Dr. Brady Bergin of Waimea and Dr. Mark Fitch from Colorado will share their experiences so that attendees learn better animal care.

Horse Lovers Learn at Hawaii Horse Expo

“Once again we have gathered some extremely talented individuals for the Expo. They are ready and willing to impart their knowledge so that horse owners and horse lovers can learn from them,” said Hawaii Horse Expo producer Nancy Jones. “We’re very fortunate to have these individuals coming to the Big Island and I hope people will take full advantage of their presence.”

Horse lovers learn from Richard Winters at the 2010 Hawaii Horse Expo
Horse lovers learn from Richard Winters at the 2010 Hawaii Horse Expo

Horse Clinics at Anna Ranch Heritage Center

In addition to Veterinarians Miller, Fitch and Bergin, accomplished horseman and trainer Tommy Garland, RFD TV host Rick Lamb, “HorseThink” founder and trainer Scot Hansen, and TTouch founder Linda Tellington-Jones will all be conducting clinics and hands-on demonstrations on Saturday, August 6 and Sunday, August 7 at the Anna Ranch Heritage Center in Waimea beginning at 10am and continuing throughout the day.

Saturday topics include Different Approaches for Different Horses; Calm Your Spooky Horse; Bucking, Rearing, Running Off; Making Your Horse Road Safe; Slowing Down the Canter; and Self Defense for the Trail Rider.

Expo Demonstration
Hawaii Horse Expo photo by Mary Buckley.

Hawaiian Blessing of the Horses at Hawaii Horse Expo

Sunday begins with a Blessing of the Horses. Horse owners are welcome to bring a strand of their horse’s mane or tail for a traditional Hawaiian blessing. Also on Sunday, Hawaii Horse Expo will present the event’s Mana Award to recognize an individual on the Big Island who has inspired and educated the community about horses in line with the goals of Hawaii Horse Expo. The award is sponsored by Veterinary Associates Inc. in Waimea.

Clinics and demonstration topics on Sunday are The Making of a Police Horse; Learning to Read Your Horse; Transform Your Horse’s Attitude; Ground Exercises to Teach Carriage, Control, Confidence; and Easier Ways to Achieve Lateral Flexion.

Throughout Saturday and Sunday the Hawaii Horse Expo Vending Hall will be open for shopping and a Silent Auction will benefit Hawaii Island Humane Society.

The cost of the Equine Medicine Symposium is $50 and is limited to fifty people. Saturday and Sunday clinics and demonstrations at Anna Ranch are just $30 for each full day of events. Gold and Platinum benefactor passes are also available.

What are your favorite things to do on the Big Island of Hawaii?

Laura Rose and Okie enjoy horseback riding at 2010 Hawaii Horse Expo
Laura Rose and Okie enjoy horseback riding at 2010 Hawaii Horse Expo

If You Go:

Hawaii Horse Expo (808) 887-2301

65-1480 Kawaihae Rd.
Kamuela, Hawaii 96743

Information and ticket purchase forms are available at Hawaii Island Humane Society shelters in Kona, Waimea and Keaau, Hawaii.

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1 thought on “Hawaii Horse Expo on the Big Island”

  1. This will showcase horse riding techniques, as well as natural horsemanship training, so please be there.

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